Mutton Biryani Recipe


Embark on a gastronomic journey fit for royalty with our Mutton Biryani – a sublime dish that marries tender mutton, aromatic basmati rice, and a symphony of spices. This culinary masterpiece isn’t just a meal; it’s an experience that elevates your senses and transports you to the heart of authentic Indian cuisine.

Picture succulent pieces of marinated mutton, infused with the richness of yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, and a medley of spices, coming together in perfect harmony. Each bite promises a burst of exquisite flavors, as the biryani masala, fried onions, and fresh herbs add layers of complexity to the dish.

Crafted with precision, the biryani is a spectacle of layers. Fragrant basmati rice, partially cooked to perfection, alternates with the succulent mutton mixture, creating a visual and gastronomic delight. The meticulous layering is the key to achieving the distinct texture and flavor profile of this regal dish.

mutton biryani


Mutton Biryani

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Marinating Mutton 2 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Calories 3.5 kcal


  • Heavy-bottomed pan or pot with a tight-fitting lid
  • Large mixing bowls
  • Cooking spoon
  • Cooking pot for boiling rice
  • Strainer
  • Aluminum foil (for sealing)
  • Skillet for frying onions


For Marinating Mutton:

  • 1.5 lbs 700g mutton, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt to taste

For Rice:

  • 2 cups basmati rice soaked for 30 minutes
  • Water for cooking rice
  • Whole spices bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves

For Biryani:

  • 3 large onions thinly sliced
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil or ghee
  • 2 tablespoons biryani masala
  • Fresh coriander and mint leaves for garnish
  • Fried onions for garnish optional


Marinate the Mutton:

  • In a bowl, mix mutton with yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt.
  • Allow it to marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight for enhanced flavor.

Prepare Rice:

  • Boil the soaked basmati rice with whole spices until 70-80% cooked. Drain the water and set aside.

Cook Fried Onions:

  • In a skillet, heat oil or ghee and fry thinly sliced onions until golden brown. Set aside for garnish.
  • Saute Tomatoes and Marinated Mutton:
  • In the same pan, sauté chopped tomatoes until they soften.
  • Add marinated mutton and cook until the meat is browned.

Layering the Biryani:

  • In the heavy-bottomed pan, start layering. Begin with a layer of partially cooked rice, followed by a layer of the mutton mixture.
  • Sprinkle biryani masala, fried onions, fresh coriander, and mint leaves. Repeat the layers until all the rice and mutton mixture are used.

Seal and Dum Cooking:

  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil and then place the lid tightly. Cook on low heat for 25-30 minutes in a process called "dum cooking." This allows the flavors to meld and the rice to cook through.


  • Gently fluff the biryani with a fork, ensuring the layers remain intact.
  • Garnish with additional fried onions, coriander, and mint leaves.
  • Serve hot with raita or a side salad.


Enjoy the aromatic and flavorful Mutton Biryani, a true culinary masterpiece that brings the richness of spices and tender mutton to your table.
Keyword Biryani, Healthy, Mutton Biryani, Rice
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